This winter term I took an advertising class called J460: Digital and Social Branding. It was taught by Dave Allen, a digital guru who currently works at NORTH brand agency in Portland. (You can read his blogs here!) For our final project in the class we have been assigned to write an essay or complete some other sort of creative project that demonstrates the breadth of knowledge we gained from the class. I have decided to write a blog post – a digital essay, of sorts – because it is fitting for a class based entirely around digital strategy and adapting to the ever-changing world of technology. This blog post will revolve around the doodles I drew during the class lectures.
Earlier this quarter we were assigned to conduct a social media audit and conversation analysis for a brand of our choice. Naturally, my group and I decided to choose Tillamook Cheese, based on the fact that we are all generally interested in consumer goods PR and wanted to help out a local brand. It just so happens that my dad, John Russell, is the Senior Director of Marketing for Tillamook, and I have worked with the marketing team before on some freelance projects. These connections allowed us to work directly with Tillamook to determine what they would find the most helpful regarding their social media practices. Gillian Kennedy, Tillamook’s Internet Communications Manager, pointed us primarily in the direction of Pinterest and Instagram, since they are the newest social media channels that brands are utilizing. We analyzed those two channels plus Twitter and Facebook to give us an idea of Tillamook’s overall brand appearance across different social media platforms.
I’m not usually a fan of Katy Perry but I have to say that this music video for “Wide Awake” is innovative to say the least. Not only has Facebook’s new “timeline” profile approach received much debate (mostly negative), but many have not embraced it’s wonderful capabilities to tell a story. In J456 Creative Strategies, the main thing we learn is that all journalism is, is telling stories. PR tells stories about companies, newpapers and magazines tell stories about people, places and events, and advertising tells stories about brands and ideas.